Is My Cat OK?: How to Know... When Your Cat Won't Say

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Jeff Nichol, D.V.M. helps to alleviate both the needless worry and unnecessary expenses that surround pet care.
It is hard to deny the truly important place pets play in our lives. They are our companions, our friends, and, often inadvertently, our sounding boards. The thousands of Web sites devoted to pet appreciation, care, and merchandise confirm the growing number of pet owners and the power pets hold over them. When it comes to our pets' ...
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Overview

Jeff Nichol, D.V.M. helps to alleviate both the needless worry and unnecessary expenses that surround pet care.
It is hard to deny the truly important place pets play in our lives. They are our companions, our friends, and, often inadvertently, our sounding boards. The thousands of Web sites devoted to pet appreciation, care, and merchandise confirm the growing number of pet owners and the power pets hold over them. When it comes to our pets' health and well—being, there's little we won't do—but the financial and emotional cost can be high.
In unique Q&A formats arranged alphabetically by topic, these easy—to—use books offer practical and authoritative answers to the most common questions pet lovers have about taking care of their animals. Written by a "country vet" in a warm, humorous, and conversational style, both books are invaluable references that focus not only on health issues, but also on getting along with pets and keeping them happy. Including everything from listings of ailments with explanations of symptoms and causes to information on common behavioral problems and how to remedy them, Dr. Nichol offers the kind of knowledgeable, comforting advice that makes pet ownership the rewarding experience it should be. He even provides a section on basic first aid every pet owner should know.
Perfect for both new and experienced pet owners, these references will give readers the peace of mind that comes with consulting a trusted vet, without the anxiety of costly consultation.
Is My Cat Okay?
Beginning with essential information on how to introduce a new cat to your household, choosing a vet, and the eleven cardinal rules to cat ownership, this comprehensive reference goes on to provide an extensive A—Z listing of health conditions and how to treat them. From dry sores, obesity, and skunk odor to thyroid tumors and vomiting, the answers are all here.

Author Biography: Jeff Nichol, D.V.M. has a long—running column in the Albuquerque Journal and is in his fourth year of giving on—line advice on the Pets: Part of the Family website (www.petspartofthefamily.com). He is hospital director of the Adobe Animal Medical Center in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780735202771
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall Press
  • Publication date: 7/31/2001
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 6.36 (w) x 8.94 (h) x 0.71 (d)

Table of Contents

Contents
<%INTRODUCTION%> A Warm Heart for a Cold Nose xv
1. COMING ON BOARD: WHY HAVE A CAT IN THE FIRST PLACE? 1
2. CHOOSING THE GREATEST KITTEN FOR YOUR LIFE 5
3. DR. NICHOL'S CARDINAL RULES OF CAT CARE 15
4. ALL YOUR CAT QUESTIONS ANSWERED 29
Basics 31
Biting and Fighting 42
Breeding and Reproductive Organs 19
Cancers 54
Cat-Human Diseases 63
Destructive Behaviors 66
Ears 71
Eyes 78
Feeding and Nutrition 83
Grooming and Skin Care 95
Heart and Breathing 98
Intestinal and Stomach Problems 101
Joints and Bones 115
Mouth Problems 118
New Pets in the Home; Cats Who Leave 121
Odd Noises and Interesting Habits 131
Poisoning 147
Seizures 156
Skin Problems 158
Symptoms of Sickness 165
Traveling Cats 181
Urinary Disease 183
Urination and Defecation Behaviors 190
Vaccinations 200
APPENDIX: How to Choose the Right Veterinarian 205
INDEX 211
ABOUT THE AUTHOR 223
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